A whistleblower lawsuit against Computer Sciences Corp., alleging that the company deceived the U.S. government for a contract it was supposed to share with small businesses, will go forward. The whistleblower, Tien Tran, who is the relator of the False Claims Act lawsuit, alleges that his small business Infotran was manipulated in the scheme by Computer Sciences Corp., the director contractor, and another large business, Modis Inc. The $200 million deal with Computer Sciences Corp. designated it as the prime contractor to perform information-technology work for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
However, to qualify, the contractor had to subcontract certain of the work to qualified small businesses. According to Tran, Computer Sciences wanted to appear like it was subcontracting to small businesses while it was actually giving the work to Modis, a larger company it had a relationship with. The so-called pass-through scheme involved alleged coordination with a small IT firm like Sagent Partners, which in turn subbed out work to Modis. U.S. District Judge Ketanji Jackson has dismissed the claims against Sagent.
Source: Associated Press
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